Break-in at Norfolk car dealership lands man 6 to 10 years in prison – Norfolk Daily News

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MADISON — A Norfolk man who stole a vehicle from an auto dealership last year and led authorities on a pursuit in southeast Nebraska after robbing a convenience store was sentenced to prison on Friday.

Christopher Short, 23, was sentenced by District Judge Mark Johnson to 6 to 10 years at the Nebraska Department of Corrections for burglary, a crime to which he pleaded no contest in January.

Johnson ordered Short’s sentence to begin after he completes a prison sentence in July that he’s serving out of Lancaster County.

Short’s conviction stems from an incident in February 2023 in which he broke into Cornhusker Auto at 2200 W. Pasewalk Ave., grabbed keys to a 2016 Nissan Altima and stole the vehicle. Short was arrested days later after he robbed a convenience store in Saunders County and led law enforcement on a pursuit in Lancaster County.

An employee arrived at the dealership around 6:30 a.m. Feb. 28, 2023, and saw that a glass panel in an overhead garage door had been broken out. It also was realized that the business had been entered, and several sets of keys for different vehicles displayed for sale were taken.

Among the missing keys were those to the Altima, which was missing from the lot.

Later, the manager of a halfway house told police that Short had driven to the house in a white Altima with Cornhusker Auto placards for plates. Short packed up his belongings and moved out of the house, telling the manager that he was moving into an apartment. Short told the manager he’d purchased the Altima earlier that day.

The halfway house manager was suspicious of Short because he wasn’t aware that Short had made new living arrangements. Short also did not have a driver’s license and was unemployed.

The manager contacted an employee at the car dealership who relayed that the Altima had been stolen.

At the time, Short was required to wear an ankle monitor as part of his conditions of release in a drug possession case. A review of the ankle monitor’s GPS data showed that Short’s monitor was at Cornhusker Auto for about an hour on the night of Feb. 27. Short cut the ankle monitor off early the next morning.

About 9 a.m. on March 4, the Nebraska State Patrol was informed of a reported robbery at a gas station in Valparaiso. Troopers proceeded to the area and located a vehicle matching the description of the robbery suspect’s vehicle within 10 minutes as it was traveling southbound on Highway 79 south of Raymond.

The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the driver accelerated and fled, according to the state patrol.

The Nissan Altima reportedly reached speeds exceeding 110 miles per hour. As the suspect, later identified as Short, slowed near the intersection of Highway 34 and Highway 79, a trooper successfully performed a tactical vehicle intervention to bring the vehicle to a stop.

Short then fled on foot but was taken into custody shortly thereafter. He caused about $4,500 worth of damage to the stolen vehicle, but he was not ordered to pay restitution because of his inability to pay.

Matthew Kiernan, deputy Madison County attorney, said what stands out is Short’s criminal history, which entails largely of thefts. He asked Johnson to consider that Short’s Madison County crime “spiraled out of control” elsewhere.

Megan Hoins, deputy Madison County public defender, said her client understood that he likely wasn’t a probation candidate, but he wanted the court to understand that was struggling with a severe addiction to drugs at the time of his crimes and had since been undergoing treatment while in prison.

“He’s getting his mental health under control. He’s getting the substance abuse under control,” Hoins said. “He’s starting to make amends and take accountability for the actions that he was involved in during the time where he was in his active use and addiction.”

Hoins asked Johnson to entertain a sentence for Short that would run at the same time as his Lancaster County prison term, which is scheduled to be completed in July. Short had been working to put himself in a position where he wouldn’t use drugs when he’s released, she said.

Short said he wanted to apologize to the victims and their families.

Johnson said Short’s actions were a significant violation of business property and led to further criminal activity. The judge also pointed to Short’s criminal history, which includes convictions for criminal mischief, failure to appear, multiple thefts, assault, operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, robbery, unauthorized use of a vehicle and revocations of probation.

Short can’t be paroled until July 2027, with his mandatory release in July 2029. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday, May 13, for robbery in Saunders County, where he faces up to 50 more years in prison.

Others were sentenced for the following:

Possession of methamphetamine

— Leobardo C. Saldana, 40, Madison County Jail, 18 months in the Nebraska Department of Corrections with credit for 7 days served, ordered to be served consecutively to any sentence he is already serving, costs.

Obstructing a police officer

— Cassie R. Prather, 41, 213 N. 10th St., 5 days in the Madison County Jail with credit for 5 days served, $1,000, costs.

Driving under the influence (.15 grams or more) — third offense, criminal mischief ($5,000 or more)

— Brenda K. Sixtos, 35, Madison County Jail, 544 days in the Madison County Jail with credit for 186 days served, 12 months’ postrelease supervision, license revoked for 15 years, costs.

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